Title: Cold-Case Christianity – Historical Theology/Comparative Religion/Biblical History/Christian Books & Bibles
Author: J Warner Wallace
Publisher: David Cook
Number of Pages: 288 pages
About The Author:
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
J. Warner served as a Youth Pastor for several years, then planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the Cold-Case Christianity website, blog and podcast as a place to post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity. Jim has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview. Jim also speaks at churches, retreats and camps as he seeks to help people become confident Christian case makers.
J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC’s Dateline, and he’s been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.
About This Book:
Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator. Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity. A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.
Cold-Case Christianity Book Review:
Let me refrain from the preliminary here and just share my review: “Cold-Case Christianity” is the beyond compare in anticipation of apologetics book in regards to the commemorate of the Gospels I have ever read. If you are looking for a book in that area, then you need to read “Cold-Case Christianity”. If you are not looking for a book in that area, still purchase and read “Cold-Case Christianity” anyway because it is a great book that can empower growth in your Christian walk. Here and Now, lets get to the details.
Cold-Christianity” draws a picture in an image of an investigative journey through Christian ancient times. From what source did we get the Gospels? Can we really trust them? Do we know who was Jesus? Do we have knowledge anything about Him? As yet the approach that Wallace drawing near this question will draw even individuals who really doesn’t care about the particular topics into the mystery. In the process of a cold-case homicide detective, Wallace approaches these questions with an eye of a detective, take advantage of his extensive knowledge of the gathering and evaluation of evidence to investigate Christianity forensically.
He bring to pass the work with a section on method. He pick an argument that we must learn to acknowledge our hypothesis and be aware of them although we begin an investigation. Like the detective who walks into a crime scene with a suspicious notion of how the murder played out, we can conveniently fall into the trap of using our apprehension about a legitimacy claim to color our investigation of the evidence for that claim. Research to infer is another vastly important piece of the investigation. People must be taught to distinguish between the “imaginable” and the “objective” . This awakening to “addictive exposition” is presented in corresponding a way as to make it comprehensible for those unfamiliar with even the term, while also serving as great discipline on how to teach others to reason for those involved in apologetics.
In my opinion, I truly found Chapter 3, “Think Circumstantially” is perhaps the fundamental chapter for “Cold-Case Christianity”. Wallace’s annotation so what is necessary in order to present evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” is not automatically “direct evidence.” In order that is direct evidence, the type of evidence which can demonstrate something all by itself (ex. waking up and watching snow fallen outside as formation for it actually snowing) is recurrently thought of to abide the common for the truth. Thus far assuming that this were the common for the truth, at that point we would by no means be able to be convinced of anything. The main point is to have the understanding that a representation of out-of-the-way evidences can add up to make the case. A perfect example, if a person who is a suspect in a murder is recognized to have possessions of the victim’s key, smudge spruce up pants (questionable blood stains), tested the height and weight in which a witness saw leaving from the crime scene, has boots that matched the description, was nervous during the interview and changed his story, has a hammer (hammer was the murder weapon) which has also been bloody and cracked, and the like, these can add up to a very compelling case. In general, one of these evidences would not lead one to say they could logically determine if the man was the murderer, although supplementary together they can provide a case which pushes the case beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was the murderer.
In a similar way, the documentation for the presence of God can add up to a compelling case for the God of humanistic conviction. Wallace then turns to audit a number of these arguments, in conjunction with the moral, cosmological, fine-tuning, and design controversy. These are each touched on to sum things up, as a kind of preliminary to take under advisement when turning to the case for the Gospels. Not to mention, the notion of “circumstantial” or “cumulative” case debate hints towards the capacity to explore the Bible and the Gospels to see if they are true.
Wallace then turns to review the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John in hardly enough of what he has experienced as a detective. He appropriate forensic statement analysis as well as a statistic of other means by which to investigate witnesses and eyewitness reports to determine whether the Gospels conceivably trusted. He starts with the Book of Mark and makes a disagreement that Mark had firsthand contact with Peter, one of the Disciples and an Apostle. He display how we lie in one’s power to search for. Along with find “artifacts” textual additions that were late into the accounts of the Gospels. None of these are miscalculation, as a result of we know about them by investigating the evidence we have from the manuscript tradition. By molding the puzzle of the evidences for the Gospels, we outline an intact picture of Christ.
It is clear to get engaged in “conspiracy theory” types of explanations for the events in the Bible. People dispute that all kinds of different explanations are possible. Thus far, Wallace report again that there is a difference between possible and reasonable. Matter-of-factly throwing out possible scenarios does nothing to sabotage the truth claims of the Gospels if the Gospels’ own account is expand reasonable.
Sure-enough the important part of “Cold-Case Christianity” is the notion that we make the grade tracing back the “chain of custody” of the Gospels. Beyond arguing that we are able to see how the New Testament was passed approvals from one eyewitness to disciple to disciple and so on, Wallace dispute that conspiracy assumption which argue the Gospel stories were made up have a much less reasonable explanation than that they are primary accounts of what happened. Substantial of the information in these chapters is compelling and express on knowledge of the Apostles’ and their disciples. It therefore provides a great basic principles to church history.
Wallace produce a number of other illustration and evidences from the New Testament. without exception of these can be challenged individually, however to do so would be to miss the forest for the trees.
All of these illustration are highlighted by world of nature stories from Wallace’s Career as a detective. I believe that readers and even those who are belligerent to Christianity will be drawn in by these illustration. It makes reading “Cold-Case Christianity” similar to reading a thriller/suspense/mystery novel, corresponding that readers like myself will not stop reading. Considering for a example, just as looking at characteristic between possible/reasonable, he account a lengthy illustration of discovering a dead body and eliminating various explanations for the cause of death through observations like “having a knife in the back” as making it much less probable that accidental death is a reasonable explanation, despite being possible.
“Cold-Case Christianity” is also has several of other helpful tools for those interested in seeking more knowledge. There are reaction with additional enlightenment and explanations, as well as notes from various court cases or law books that explain some of the headier material.
Broad in content, “Cold-Case Christianity” is the beyond compare opening remarks to the commemorate of the Gospels I have ever read. I matter-of-factly cannot recommend it highly enough. Wallace’s discussions about the evidence in an engaging manner and utilizes a particular approach that will cause even impartial readers to continue reading, just to see what he talking about next. I am not exaggerating when I say that this “Cold-Case Christianity” is a absolute must read for everyone. I will definitely going to read this book again part of my devotional reading. I will be reading more works from this Author.